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Eat Your Way through Friuli–Venezia Giulia (Part 4): Pasticceria Penso

This review was originally published in the September 2010 issue of Dream of Italy. My fondest memory of Trieste will always be the day I first stepped into Pasticceria Penso. My timing seems predestined—I arrived on a blustery February morning just as a few dozen chocolate cakes were being pulled from the oven. I was immediately invited back into the cozy kitchen to watch their transformation into torta Sacher. The patriarch of the family-run bakery, Italo Stoppar, doused each layer of cake with Maraschino liqueur, then spread on a thick coat of apricot preserves. His son Antonello drizzled the top with dark chocolate ganache, which was soon followed by a garnish of chocolate sprinkles arou...
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Stories of the Tudors: Henry VIII

What changed Henry VIII from a renaissance prince into the 'tyrant' we know in his later rule? In this podcast I take a look a the theories and evidence for the possible causes, as well as talk about some of the less well know facts about King Henry. Original link

For Halloween, Book Quote Wednesday's Word is FRIGHT

For Book Quote Wednesday, the word is FRIGHT.  From ONEY, MY ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY: “Ona, you are in no position to refuse recapture. I shall return with orders to bring you and your child by force.” With a disdainful glance round my home, Mr. Basset's beady eyes narrowed. “Do not dare defy me, girl.” He spat out that last disparaging threat with a turn of his heel as he stomped out.  Eyes wide in sleepless fright, I dreaded President Washington's vicious nephew’s return with an army of slave-catchers to drag me and my child from my home, never again to see my beloved husband. Original link

Bonus Track: “This is Halloween”

Here’s a song for the day, by Disneyland’s Dapper Dans quartet. Enjoy! Original link

VIRO Book Three NOW available in paperback and for download

Hello Everyone I am thrilled to announce that Book Three in the VIRo series has recently been launched and is available for purchase online and in all good bookshops. The series is going from strength to strength and as of this morning the Kindle version of Book One is still Number One in the Amazon chart. If you want to see what all the fuss is about then why not get your FREE copy of Book One  here .   Original link

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Welcome back to writing links here at No Wasted Ink.  As usual, there are plenty of general writing tips to look through, plus a couple about marketing your books.  Enjoy! 7 Clever Strategies for Harnessing Coincidences in Fiction Taking Care of Business: The Writer’s Edition Do You Have Sloppy Writing Habits? (And 4 Things to Do About It) How to Write a Great Story…in 18 Holes Fatal Flaws: Why Your Story is Falling Apart & How to Fix It Five Ways Gods and the Afterlife Change a Fantasy Setting Distribution: Should You Go Wide or Narrow? 5 Things Re-Editing Your Older Work Can Teach You Elevator Pitch. Anytime. Anywhere. How Writing Therapy Can Help You Heal View original post ...
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Life in the Margins.

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We’re marking Halloween, and things that go bump in the night, in this blog today, albeit in a literary fashion. Whilst the kids are out tricking and treating, grown-ups might prefer to curl up in the warm with a good, scary, book. And none better than Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the 1890s, Stoker was the manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London. He liked writing in his spare time, but most of his writing was un-researched, spur of the moment, stuff that was regarded as unreadable by any who saw his manuscripts. It was different with Dracula. For this book he regularly popped round to the London Library and ended up reading about forty books before putting pen to paper. We know this because he ...
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Quote of the Week – October 31

Happy Halloween, everyone!  “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche Original link

Release Blitz Selina Kray - Stoker & Bash #2 The Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree

Buy Links:  Amazon US | Amazon UK Length: 100,000 words approx. Cover Design: Tiferet Design Stoker & Bash Series Book #1 - The Fangs Of Scavo - Amazon US | Amazon UK Blurb When will She open Rebecca Northcote’s box? Finding lost poodles and retrieving stolen baubles is not how DI Tim Stoker envisioned his partnership with his lover, Hieronymus Bash. So when the police commissioner's son goes missing, he's determined to help, no matter what secrets he has to keep, or from whom. When a family member is kidnapped, Hiero moves heaven and earth to rescue them. Even if that means infiltrating the Daughters of Eden, a cult of wealthy widows devoted to the teachings of Rebecca Northcote and the mys...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Halloween”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “Halloween” And for Dad, a happy birthday. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Note: I am up to my eyebrows in work at the moment, so I’ll be MUCH slower to answer your posts. I encourage everyone to read through and respond to other people’s contributions and check out their blogs as well; you’re a talented group of people!  The post Six-Word Story Challenge – “Halloween” appeared first on J. I. Rogers . Original link

Dead Again

Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. This month, we’re focusing on paranormal books. There will be a lot of visitors making an appearance but on Sundays and Tuesdays, this blog will be all about things that go bump in the night! Ghosts, ghouls, demons, you name it and I find it fascinating. Anything that can’t be proven becomes a story in my head, a way to explain those mysterious bumps in the night or things moving when no one is near them. Oh, I’ve heard all the explanations about how it could be cars driving past or a minor earthquake—good luck proving the second one to me. I can feel earthquakes, having grown up in an area where they abound. Welcome Susan Lynn Solomon to the blog today....
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Book Review: Behind The Fan by Caroline Walken

Book Review: Behind The Fan by Caroline Walken
I interviewed author Caroline Walken some time ago now. I thought it was about time I read one of her books. Behind the Fan by Caroline Walken My rating: 4 of 5 stars Behind the Fan by Caroline Walken This was both an intriguing and fascinating story and so well-written by author Caroline Walken. I […] The post Book Review: Behind The Fan by Caroline Walken appeared first on Stephen Bentley . Original link


ABOUT THE BOOK USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron is back at it with fan-favorite plantation B&B owner Maggie Crozat in a fourth installment of the Cajun Country mysteries. 

Southern charm meets the dark mystery of the bayou as a hundred-year flood, a malicious murder, and a most unusual Mardi Gras converge at the Crozat Plantation B&B.

It’s Mardi Gras season on the bayou, which means parades, pageantry, and gumbo galore. But when a flood upends life in the tiny town of Pelican, Louisiana―and deposits a body of a stranger behind the Crozat Plantation B&B―the celebration takes a decidedly dark turn. The citizens of Pelican are ready to Laissez les bon temps rouler―but there’s beaucoup...
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Do You Remain True to What You Believe?

  Attract the Right Job or Clientele: Too many stories of former businesspeople have been retold that they did not believe in what they set out to do. Consequently, they look back on their lives with regret. Their pain is in not sticking up for what was best for them in the long run. Unfortunately, they now focus on what could have been. Our top priority is to retain concentration on our purpose. Our clientele quickly recognizes who we are and for what we stand. Those who are similar-minded will come to know us better and appreciate who we represent. By being ourselves, we attract better partners and clients into our lives. Believe In You In a world filled with ‘you should,’ the only should ...
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What’s the Matter with Fiction Sales?

The most commonly shared view is that it has become extremely difficult to generate exposure for novels. Fiction, more than nonfiction, depends on readers discovering new books by browsing. Now, with the number of physical stores down from five years ago (despite a rise in ABA membership), publishers cannot rely on bricks-and-mortar stores providing customers with access to new books. Nor can publishers depend on media outlets to make up for the gap left by the shrinking footprint of physical bookstores. Review space in mainstream media has been slashed, cutting off another possibility for readers to learn about new fiction. The upshot of those developments is that publishers have found brea...
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Thoughts on a Tuesday or, The State of the Author

Today is my husband’s birthday.  He is fixing a favorite meal tonight (he is the better cook of the two of us). I am looking forward to some quiet companionship. I slept poorly last night and woke up with a headache that devolved into a migraine. I texted my Life Job supervisor and colleague to let them know I would not be in and I went back to bed. There, I drowsed for a few hours but never really got back to sleep. I haven’t showered yet, but I will be doing so shortly because I need to run over to the local Walgreens and pick up a couple of things. But really, I don’t feel like it. I’m not afraid to leave the house, so don’t think that. What I am is afraid that I’ll  lose emotional contro...
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A Dialogue on Morality

Introduction      In a tranquil field far removed from the rest of the world sat two silent souls. They were two men; one withered away by age and the other invigorated with the wonders of youth. The older man, known simply as Mentor, was not blind to the fact that he was living his last days. Thus, he had called his most valued student down to sit and speak with him in the field for one final revelation.   Meditation      They sat in silence at first, each quietly calming their own soul and allowing the other to do the same. The only sound they made was that of their breathing. A cool breeze gently kept them cool in the heat of the midday sun. The muted meditations of the two men then sudde...
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Window to the Soul

A woman’s beauty lays in her eyes, the doorway to her heart, the window to her soul. As I stare into your smoldering glacier blues, I know you’re the one. My soulmate, my life. When I look into your eyes I see everything I want in this world. They excite me, inspire me, devour me. … Continue reading Window to the Soul Original link

Book Blitz - Brina Brady - Master Braden's Houseboy

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK  - Available Exclusive to Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited Length: 275 pages Cover: Brina Brady Irish Runaway Series Book #1 - The Runaway Gypsy Boy - Amazon US | Amazon UK Book #2 - Master Cleary's Boys - Amazon US | Amazon UK Blurb Reece was a guitar player and a singer at his grandfather’s pub in Dublin until someone betrays his secret. Once he was a happy and carefree young man, who finds himself on the streets and homeless. He meets a handsome stranger, who gives him hope that the world still has people with compassion, until he discovers the man may have compassion, but he is no softie. Conner hires Reece as his houseboy. Much to his shock, Conner Braden ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Suspicious”

#IndieAuthor #6WordStory #SciFi #Fantasy #Horror #Romance #SciFan #AnyGenre Today’s challenge is: “Suspicious” The motel and graveyard shared parking. Feel free to post your answers on my website, FB, or wherever you happen to find this post. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Note: I am up to my eyebrows in work at the moment, so I’ll be MUCH slower to answer your posts. I encourage everyone to read through and respond to other people’s contributions and check out their blogs as well; you’re a talented group of people!  The post Six-Word Story Challenge – “Suspicious” appeared first on J. I. Rogers . Original link